We made it to the start line, perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of the event. There was just a little navigational drama with a roundabout driving to the hotel, but it only added a few minutes to the drive. Why can’t local agencies in the U.S. properly design and sign roundabouts like they do internationally?
There was also a minor panic when we checked in and the package I had sent with my helmet and riding gear was not in the storage area. Thankfully the staff had placed it in the room ahead of our checking, whew.
Speaking of cooling, the flight crew announced the weather on arrival as 90 degrees, with about the same humidity. I’m used to the temperature, but not the humidity. At the moment the temperature is pleasant because a thunderstorm had passed through, cooling things off. If I get a choice though, I’ll take heat and humidity over lightning (and that rain phenomenon) while riding down the road.